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Collective Agreements

For faculty, librarians and archivists


For faculty, librarians and archivists

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is a union representing about 1,500 faculty members and 50 librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario in London.

UWOFA negotiates collective agreements, advises members on employment matters, handles workplace disputes and grievances, and advances the professional interests of faculty members, academic librarians and archivists.

In the broader community, UWOFA representatives meet with provincial and federal politicians to ensure members' voices are heard and reflected in education and labour policy decisions. As well, UWOFA strives to engage members and citizens through awareness campaigns regarding post-secondary education during general membership meetings, community events, contact with journalists, and town hall discussions.


Contract Faculty Research & Professional Development Fund

UWOFA contract faculty members are invited to apply for UWOFA's Contract Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund. The purpose of this funding is to support the participation of UWOFA contract faculty members in professional development activities, academic conferences and research. UWOFA provides $5000 in funding each year, of which $2500 is available for limited-term members and $2500 is available for part-time members. Click here for more information.

Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2019 by 4 p.m.
Email your application document to uwofa [at] uwo [dot] ca, Subject: UWOFA Contract Fund Application
The application form is available here

Message to members about Western's retirement incentive program

On Tuesday a number of UWOFA members received an invitation from Western to participate in a one-time Voluntary Retirement Incentive Window. For those who have received the invitation, UWOFA advises you to consider the offer carefully and assures you that we will make every effort to support members as they consider their offer. In addition to the resources identified by Western in the materials you have received, please feel free to consult Lina Rodriguez, UWOFA's Member Services Officer, or Cindy Cossar-Jones, UWOFA Professional Officer, with any questions you may have.

April Advocacy Update

UWOFA advocacy update for April

UWOFA donates to Scholars at Risk program

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association will donate $30,000 over the next three years to support the Western’s Scholars at Risk Committee. This financial contribution marks the second such donation since 2016, bringing the Faculty Association’s total contribution to $60,000. UWOFA members approved the donation in a recent vote.

UWOFA-LA prepares for bargaining - Vol. 5, No. 1

Preparations to negotiate a new Librarians and Archivists Collective Agreement are well underway. The current contract expires June 30, 2019. This first Bargaining Bulletin provides you with an update about the work that your negotiating team is undertaking.